A large oil storage tank in Matanzas, Cuba, was struck by lightning in the middle of the night, setting it on fire.
Lightning striking on oil storage tank in Cuba
On Friday, a fire broke out at a facility for petroleum supertankers in Cuba, sending thick clouds of smoke into the air. According to a Facebook post by the Provincial Government of Popular Power in Matanzas, a lightning strike started a fire in one of the crude oil tanks at the base in an industrial area of Matanzas.
“We are closely monitoring the firefighting efforts in the industrial sector. President Miguel Dáz-Canel tweeted on the publicly traded Cuba Oil Union, “We have faith in the heroic provincial leaders, valiant firefighters, and courageous CUPET employees.
Cuba’s state-run media said that there were no casualties.
🔴❗️#ULTIMOMINUTO Imágenes que llegan desde Matanzas,Cuba en estos momentos… una descarga eléctrica sobre un tanque de combustible. pic.twitter.com/3JflBvYkDW— JICNI en Español (@jicnies) August 6, 2022
The large fire breaks out as Cuba’s energy crisis, caused on by a lack of gasoline, worsens.
“No human losses, injuries, or gasoline spills into the sea were recorded following the incident,” the Cuban Ministry of Energy and Mines tweeted.
fire was started by an electrical discharge at the base of the crude oil tank
The fire was ignited by an electrical discharge at the base of the crude oil tank, according to Susely Morfa González, the first secretary of the Community Party of Cuba in the province of Matanzas.
The government claims that the event had no impact on the national power grid’s Antonio Guiteras Thermoelectric Power Plant.
González claims that the Interior Ministry, the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, the fire service, and municipal authorities are all working together to extinguish the flames.
No human losses, injuries or fuel spillage into the sea
The top government officials are present, along with firefighters, MININT forces, and base employees. At first, there were no injuries mentioned.
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The big fire occurs as Cuba’s energy situation, brought on by a lack of fuel, is getting worse.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines of Cuba tweeted: “No human losses, injuries, or fuel spills into the sea were recorded following the incident.”
According to Susely Morfa González, the first secretary of the Community Party of Cuba in the province of Matanzas, the fire was started by an electrical discharge at the base of the crude oil tank.
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